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on the state of affairs. Sir E. with as much health, as much spirits, as much force and command as ever, answered him for an hour; said, 'He had long been taxed with all our misfortunes j but did he raise the war in Germany? or advise the war with Spain? did he kill the late Emperor0 or King of Prussia10? did he counsel this King11? or was he first minister to the King of Poland12? did he kindle the war betwixt Muscovy and Sweden?' For our troubles at home, he said, 'all the grievances of this nation were owing to the Patriots/ They laughed much at this; but does he want proofs of it ? He said, ' They talked much of an equilibrium in this Parliament, and of what they designed against him j if it was so, the sooner he knew it the better; and therefore if any map. would move for a day to examine the state of the nation, he would second it.5 Mr. Pulteney did move for it; Sir E. did second it, and it is fixed for the twenty-first of January. Sir K. repeated somo words of Lord Chesterfield's, in the House of Lords, that this was a time for truth, for plain truth, for English truth, and hinted at the receptionIS his lordship had met in Prance. After these speeches of such consequence, and from such men, Mr. Lyttelton14 gqt up to justify, or rather to flatter Lord Chesterfield, though everybody then had forgot that he had been mentioned. Danvers18, who is
o Charles VI; d. 1740.
1° Frederick William I; d. 1740.
11  Frederick II (the Great) (1740-1786).
12 Frederick Augustus II (1734-1763).
18 Lord Chesterfield had been sent by the party, in the preceding September, to France, to request the Duke of Ormond (at Avignon) tq obtain the Pretender's order to the Jacobites, to vote against Sir S. W. upon any question whatever; many of them having either voted for him, or retired, on the famous motion
the last year for removing him from, the King's, councils. Walpole.
" George Lyttelton (1709-1778), son of Sir Thomas Lyttelton, fourth Baronet, of Hagley Park, Worcestershire, whom he succeeded in 1751 ; cr. (Noy- 18, 1756) Baron Lyttelton of Frankley, Worcestershire; M.P. for Okehampton; Principal Secretary to the Prince of Wales, 1787 ; Lord of the Treasury, 1744-54; Cofferer of the Household, 1754-55 ; Chancellor of the Exchequer and Lord of the Treasury, 1755-56.
15 Joseph    Danvers,    afterwards